The toughest negotiation: How Hillary and Bill figure out where to eat.

I love this. It’s from a radio show that Secretary of State Clinton did in Australia:

Question: It all requires excellent patience, great negotiation skills. Your husband also possesses those qualities. When you two can’t agree on what to get for takeaway dinner, who wins out in that type of negotiation?

Clinton: We practice different models of negotiation around important issues like that.

Question: Yeah.

Clinton: Because if I were to say to him, as I have on many occasions, "What shall we have for dinner tonight?" If he says to me, "Oh, I don’t care; you choose," I know that’s a really bad answer, because then I’m stuck with the responsibility.

Question: Yeah.

Clinton: So I will come back and I’ll say, "All right. Well, so how do you feel about Chinese — "

Question: Oh, good.

Clinton: — or Mexican or Italian?" And if he says a second time, "I really, really don’t care," then I will go choose. Now, contrarily, if he says to me, "What do you want for dinner tonight," I will say, "What do you want?" Then he’ll go, "Well, I was thinking of maybe picking up some Thai." And if I’m in a good humor, I’ll say, "That’s fine." But if I am feeling not enthusiastic about Thai, I’ll say, "Well, maybe we should consider something else." And he’ll say, "Well, then you choose." (Laughter.)

Question: Do you ever eat before midnight? (Laughter.)

Clinton: We are very late eaters. Yes, we do. I mean, this could go on — this goes on for some time.

Break out the dumb animal stories ‘cuz it’s media silly season

August is when the media collectively takes a nap (tho’ individually it’s not always so), as a result this is the time of year when animal stories (shark gatherings, etc.) take over. They take the phrase dog days of summer very seriously.

  • Man arrested for barking at Michigan police dog

  • Pelican at Idaho zoo swallows cell phone

  • Polar bear Knut to get Italian girlfriend (so that’s what Berlisconi did with her!)

  • Hunt is on for Mongolian Death Worm (Band name alert: Mongolian Death Worm!)

  • Will the kangaroo ends romp through French countryside

  • Law may force Shanghai dogs to walk

  • Horse tramples car on Israeli highway

  • Newton dog park critics hire lawyer to make protests a federal case



    Is Chia Obama a tribute, satire or just really freakin’ weird?

    What better way to mark our new president’s inauguration than to mush some plant seeds into a terra cotta bust that resembles him — sort of, but not really? Yes, thanks to the invisible hand of the market place we now have CHIA OBAMA. You can choose whether to mush those seeds into a Mr. Obama who looks either






    I want a version that shows the look on the president’s face when he finds out he’s tried to hire yet another rich white person who can’t figure out how to pay their taxes.

    And if the Obama versions don’t sell — the company can always rebrand them as Chia Malcolm Gladwell:


    Chickens becoming threat to national security?

    Two headlines from the always excellent Obscure Store & Reading Room:

    Coincidence? I think not. Memo to self: Be more specific when ordering steak bomb at sandwich shop.

    Image via mellow creme pets

    Headline of the Day: “Maker of Lipitor Digs In to Fight Generic Rival”

    Is a generic rival harder to fight than a specific rival?

    Bonus Headline of the Day:

    warthogBig Pig-Like Beast Discovered

    How dare they say I’m not well-known!

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    Headline of the day: SpongeBob Squarepants Digital Camera Is Neither Square-Shaped Nor Made Of Sponges

    What more do you need to know?


    UPDATE: This camera neither says Hello nor is it a Kitty, however it does take pictures with 5 megapixels worth of data: